goat


goat
goatlike, adj.
/goht/, n.
1. any of numerous agile, hollow-horned ruminants of the genus Capra, of the family Bovidae, closely related to the sheep, found native in rocky and mountainous regions of the Old World, and widely distributed in domesticated varieties.
2. any of various related animals, as the Rocky Mountain goat.
3. (cap.) Astron., Astrol. the constellation or sign Capricorn.
4. a scapegoat or victim.
5. a licentious or lecherous man; lecher.
6. get one's goat, Informal. to anger, annoy, or frustrate a person: His arrogance gets my goat.
[bef. 900; ME got, OE gat; c. G Geiss]

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Any hollow-horned ruminant in the bovid genus Capra.

Goats have a lighter build and straighter hair than sheep; their horns arch backward; and the tail is short. Males usually have a beard. Wild goats include the ibex and markhor. Domesticated goats are descended from the pasang, which is probably native to Asia. In China, Great Britain, Europe, and North America, the domestic goat is primarily a milk producer; much of the milk is used to make cheese. Some breeds, notably the Angora and cashmere, are raised for their wool; young goats are the source of kid leather.
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(as used in expressions)

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mammal
 any ruminant and hollow-horned mammal belonging to the genus Capra. Related to the sheep, the goat is lighter of build, has horns that arch backward, a short tail, and straighter hair. Male goats, called rams or billys, usually have a beard. Females are called does or nannys, and immature goats are called kids. Wild goats include the ibex and markhor.

      Domesticated goats are descended from the pasang (Capra aegagrus), which is probably native to Asia, the earliest records being Persian. In China, Great Britain, Europe, and North America the domestic goat is primarily a milk producer, with a large portion of the milk being used to make cheese. One or two goats will supply sufficient milk for a family throughout the year and can be maintained in small quarters, where it would be uneconomical to keep a cow. For large-scale milk production, goats are inferior to cattle in the temperate zone but superior in the torrid and frigid zones. Goat flesh is edible, that from young kids being quite tender and more delicate in flavour than lamb, which it resembles. Some breeds, notably the Angora and Cashmere, are raised for their wool (see also wool; cashmere; Angora goat); young goats are the source of kid leather.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Goat — (g[=o]t), n. [OE goot, got, gat, AS. g[=a]t; akin to D. geit, OHG. geiz, G. geiss, Icel. geit, Sw. get, Dan. ged, Goth. gaits, L. haedus a young goat, kid.] (Zo[ o]l.) A hollow horned ruminant of the genus {Capra}, of several species and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • goat — O.E. gat she goat, from P.Gmc. *gaitaz (Cf. O.S. get, O.N. geit, Dan. gjed, M.Du. gheet, Du. geit, O.H.G. geiz, Ger. Geiß, Goth. gaits goat ), from PIE *ghaidos young goat, also p …   Etymology dictionary

  • goat — goat; goat·herd; goat·ish; goat·ling; goat·skin; goat·stone; goat·weed; scape·goat·er; scape·goat·ism; goat·ish·ness; …   English syllables

  • goat — [ gout ] noun count * 1. ) an animal similar to a sheep but with longer legs and a thinner coat. The male goat is called a billy goat and the female is called a nanny goat. A young goat is called a kid. 2. ) INFORMAL an insulting word for an old… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • goat — [gōt] n. [ME gote < OE gat, akin to Du geit, Ger geiss < IE base * ghaido , he goat > L haedus, kid goat ] 1. pl. goats or goat a) any of a genus (Capra) of wild or domesticated bovid ruminants with hollow horns ☆ b) ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT …   English World dictionary

  • goat — [gəut US gout] n [: Old English; Origin: gat] 1.) an animal that has horns on top of its head and long hair under its chin, and can climb steep hills and rocks. Goats live wild in the mountains or are kept as farm animals. 2.) get sb s goat… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • goat — ► NOUN 1) a hardy domesticated mammal that has backward curving horns and (in the male) a beard. 2) a wild mammal related to this, such as the ibex. 3) informal a lecherous man. 4) Brit. informal a stupid person. ● get someone s goat Cf. ↑get… …   English terms dictionary

  • goat|ee — «goh TEE», noun. a pointed, trimmed beard on a man s chin. It looks like the beard of a he goat. ╂[American English < goat] …   Useful english dictionary

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